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The American University Alumni Board serves more than 135,000 alumni worldwide.

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Alumni Board members play a key role in guiding the efforts and initiatives of the Office of Alumni Relations, and serve as regional, national, and international ambassadors for American University.

The American University Alumni Board celebrated the 90th anniversary of the alumni association in 2017. The Alumni Board represents the AU Alumni Association, providing strategic insight and professional expertise to assist the university's outreach effort to alumni. This dedicated group of volunteers serve as ambassadors for and to the university and work to engage all alumni in the life of the institution.

The Alumni Board also oversees the administration of AU's alumni awards, the highest honors presented by the Alumni Association on an annual basis.

Officers

Jonathan Mathis, PhD, Kogod/BSBA '04, is serving a two-year term as president of the Alumni Board. Jonathan is Senior Vice President, Education Policy and Systems Change, at City Year.

Melanie Brown, CAS/BA ’02, senior program officer in US policy and advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is serving her first two-year term as vice president of operations.

Adam Katz, WCL/JD '86, tax partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, is serving his first two-year term as vice president of external relations for the Alumni Board.

LaTanya Sothern, SOC/BA '92, is secretary of the Alumni Board and chair of its Nominations and Governance Committee. LaTanya is a principal with Prince George’s County Public Schools and owner/CEO of Sothern Education Solutions.

Robert Johnson, SPA/BS '81, is immediate past president of the Alumni Board.

Members at Large

Elliot Bell-Krasner, SPA/MPP ’12
Program Director for Northeast and Southeast, The Junior State of America Foundation

Peter Brusoe, SPA/PhD ’12
Campaign Finance and Lobbying Data Analyst, Bloomberg LP

Miguel Bustos, SIS/MA '95
Senior Director, Center for Social Justice, GLIDE

Patty Caballero, SOC/BA ’91, Kogod/MBA ’00
Founder/CEO, PSC Consulting, LLC

Nakeesha Ceran, SPA/BA ’10, SPA/MA ’12
Associate Director, Teaching for Change
 
Eugene Costa, Kogod/BSBA '77
Senior Vice President and Group Lead for Europe and Asia, ICF

Sean Graham, Kogod/MBA ’11
Head Coach, Track and Cross Country, American University

Ritanch Hans, SIS/BA '13, Kogod/MS '15
Communications Analyst, Dignari
 
Derrick Hensley, Kogod/MS ’13
Internal Reporting and Corporate Accounting Director, Freddie Mac

Irene Magafan, SOC/BA '02, SOC/MFA '12
Video Archive Production Specialist and Editor, World Wildlife Fund

Don Mike Mendoza, SOC/BA '10, SOC/MA '17
Executive Artistic Director, La Ti Do Productions

John Nadolenco, WCL/JD ’95
Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Bill Ruvo, Kogod/BS ’82
Federal Sales Manager-Security, Juniper Networks

Sherry Soanes, WCL/JD '97
Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division

Rachel Tabakman, SPA/BA '03
Board Affairs Manager, Girl Scouts of the USA

Bradley White, SPA/BA ’99, WCL/JD ’07
Freedom of Information Act Officer, DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Michael Worley, SPA/BA ’12
Founder/CEO, MDW Communications

Brett Zongker, SOC/BA ’03; SOC/MA ’04
Chief of Media Relations, Library of Congress

Interested in Joining the Alumni Board?

At-large board members serve a two-year term, following which they may reapply for a second term. Considering applying to the Alumni Board? Along with the application for membership, a full resume, a professional bio, and at least one letter of recommendation are required. Applications are accepted each fall for service beginning the following calendar year. We are currently accepting applications through Wednesday, September 15. 

Responsibilities of an At-Large AUAB Member:

  • Attending and actively participating in all AUAB meetings (four per calendar year, typically hosted during business hours).
  • Active participation as a member of an AUAB committee or task force.
  • Being a knowledgeable ambassador for AU and the Alumni Association.
  • Strengthen the relationship between the AUAB and the broader Alumni Association through service as an ally or champion liaison to one or more of our affinity groups
  • Attend at least four Alumni Association-sponsored and university events when possible (in-person and virtual)
  • Initiating outreach to and seeking engagement with fellow alumni through programs and events.
  • Make a gift of at least $2,000 during each two-year term (Contributions and matching gifts may be designated to any university fund or program and can be fulfilled monthly, quarterly, or annual installments.) 

Participation Guidelines (detailed below) include a variety of ways AUAB members support the work of AU. Please note that alumni residing outside the DC metro area support AU through regional community participation, alumni admissions work, and virtual opportunities. Applications from alumni in diverse geographic regions are strongly encouraged.

  • Along with the application form, please submit a full resumé́, professional bio, headshot, and one letter of recommendation by September 15.
  • The Alumni Board Nominations Committee will review applications in October. Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • prior involvement and philanthropic support.
    • answers to essay questions.
    • ability to contribute to the board’s geographic, ethnic, gender, and occupational diversity; and diversity of school/college within AU.
  • At the Nominations Committee’s discretion, candidates may be asked to participate in phone interviews.
  • The Nominations Committee will present prospective new members to the AUAB in early December for approval.
  • All new at-large members will be notified of their selection by mid-December and are expected to attend and participate in the AUAB winter meeting.
  • We will send a confirmation email once your application materials are submitted, if you don’t receive it, please contact Carlita Pitts, at cpitts@american.edu.  

Thank you for your interest in the American University Alumni Board! Questions? Contact LaTanya Sothern, chair, Nominations and Governance Committee, at latanyasothern@gmail.com or Carlita Pitts, director of alumni engagement, at cpitts@american.edu.